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Stieg Larsson

Bestselling writer

A diverse background

Stieg Larsson (1954-2004) was a Swedish writer and journalist.

Prior to his sudden death of a heart attack in November 2004 he finished three detective novels in his trilogy "The Millenium-series" which were published posthumously; "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo", "The Girl Who Played With Fire" and "The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest". Altogether, his trilogy has sold more than 20 million copies in 41 countries (spring of 2010), and he was the second bestselling author in the world in 2008.

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STIEG LARSSON, 1954-2004

Before his career as a writer, Stieg Larsson was mostly known for his struggle against racism and right-wing extremism. Starting in the late 1970's, he combined his work as a graphic designer with holding lectures on right-wing extremism for Scotland Yard. During the following years he became an expert on the subject and held many lectures as well as writing many novels on the subject. In 1995, when 8 people were killed by neo-Nazis in Sweden, he was the main force behind the founding of the Expo-foundation, a group intended on exposing neo-Nazi activity in Sweden. From 1999 onwards he was appointed chief editor of the magazine Expo.

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence.

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The legacy

Controversy surrounding the legacy

Stieg left no written will, and according to Swedish law, Stieg's full estate was inherited by his father and brother. This sparked a dispute between them and Stieg's life companion Eva Gabrielsson, who was left with nothing. The situation is complicated by the fact that Eva controls the script for the 4th book in the Millennium series.

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The 4th Book

"I can finish the fourth manuscript"

In the book "Stieg and Moi" that Eva Gabrielsson (Stieg Larsson's life companion) is currently writing together with Marie Francois Colombani, Eva says that she could finish the fourth manuscript that Stieg and she had already started working on.  She also reveals the swedish title of the fourth manuscript, "Guds hämd" (English translation: God's revenge)

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Praised actress in the limelight

Rooney Mara praised as Lisbeth Salander

Ronney Mara has been highly praised for her role as Lisbeth Salander in David Finchers version of "The girl with the dragon tattoo". Mara has in only a few years made it from tv shows like "ER" to become one of Hollywood's most sought-after actresses.

 

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Career

A unusual path

There are many ways to become writer, even so, Stieg's path is quite unusual.

He started working at a post office, moving on to a graphic designer job at a news bureau, starting the Expo foundation and working as chief editor. And somewhere in the middle of all this, a great writer steps forward.

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Acknowledged actress

Noomi Rapace

In the original movies based on the Millennium trilogy, Lisbeth Salander is played by Swedish actress Noomi Rapace. Noomi is a well acknowledged actress with fifteen years of experience as an actress.

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Millennium Stockholm Map

Millennium Stockholm Map

Get to know Stieg Larsson's Stockholm

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Life companion

Eva Gabrielsson

In this interview by the Swedish national televsision, Stieg Larsson's life companion Eva Gabrielsson reveals the truth behind the man that was Stieg Larsson. She discusses her claims in the controversy surrounding Stieg's legacy as well as her claims for a part of the royalty.

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Hollywood movies

Remake by David Fincher

Columbia Pictures has bought the rights to make a Hollywood version of the Millenium films. Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara have been apointed to play Michael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander. Signed on to the project is also the writer Steve Zaillian (Se7en) and director David Fincher (Fight Club, Se7ven).

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Personal background

A life under constant threat

During the last 15 years of his life, he and his life companion Eva Gabrielsson lived under constant threat from right-wing violence. He regarded his writing of detective novels as relaxing. Keeping track of loose ends, characters and made up conspiracies posedno problem since it was, after all, fiction.

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The trilogy

Millennium trilogy

Stieg Larsson had always been interested in detective novels, and he was very familiar the works of Elizabeth George and Minette Walters. He knew what ingredients a good detective story should have, and he even reluctantly decided to spice it up with a bit of sex as it would probably please his readers.

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Discussion

Discussion boards

Stieglarsson.com features a huge forum filled with ongoing discussions on our beloved writer.

Is your prime interest the movies being made? Or are you a huge fan of Lisbeth Salander?

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To those asking about English sub-titles. The film will be shown with English sub-titles at the Sommerville outdoor cinema at the University of Western Aistralia at the beginning of March. It is a beautiful venue under the pines in the magnificent city of Perth. I can recommend a visit, the film will be a bonus. Hope to see you there. If you can't make it it must be playing at other venues too. Enjoy!

Vicky in Perth.

- , 1 December 2009

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Stieg Larsson was so way out and ahead of his time, he wanted to leave all of his money to a leftist organization, but the courts wouldn't let that happen, or that his common law wife who supported him for 30 years inherited him- it goes to the father and brother!. So injustice still goes on. Tilted towards men. Stieg's books are great, but without Lisbeth Salander, they would be just ordinary, and of course she is the center, and the pulse. Violence against women is so horrible, and she had to go through the ringer and back to get justice. All of these boring men with intrigues in the secret police and government are everywhere. Thankyou Stieg for Lisbeth Salander, a young woman with limited social skills but that is smarter than all of them and lands on her feet.

- Stieg Larssson devotee, 1 December 2009

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My family gave me a bookstore gift certificate for my birthday and I bought 'The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo' just by random chance. It was amazing. I then bought " the Girl Who Played with Fire" and am close to finishing but I almost don't want to because then I will not have anything to look forward to. It is odd because I have known girls like Lisbeth, physically and mentally, Russian and Czech girls with huge potential and limited social skills. Not beautiful but entrancing. Funny looking gorgeous. I am about ready to move to Sweden to start the research and try to finish the series. It is such a shame that such a talented writer, and a good human being, should be taken in his prime.

- B, Gillie, 30 November 2009

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The first of the trilogy was the best book I have read this year & I read it in 5 days over the Melbourne Cup long weekend. I did not like the second book as much however it had the biggest twist which I did not see coming at all. I am looking fwd to the third & final? book 'Hornet's nest' & I have a fair idea on why it would be called that!

PP. November 30. 2009.

- Peter Power, 30 November 2009

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I'm in the middle of the second book, The Girl Who Played With Fire. I don't want it to finish because the third book won't be in the States for another 6 months. I love these novels. Best I've read in so long. I'm so sad that Larsson has died. He was a wonderful novelist.

- Nilou, Novermber 29, 2009, 30 November 2009

amazon.uk and it was only abt 25 bucks inc shipping - I couldn't wait 6 months!!!

- librarywench, 1 December 2009

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Just finished The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest. Wish I another. So sad. He was a good writer and a good man.

- Candee, 30 November 2009

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One of the best and most entertaining books I have read, so far, and I read a lot! Love all 3 of them, wished Stieg was still around to write more.

- mariana, 29 November 2009

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If only Stieg Larsson had not died! We are lucky however to have had 3 outstanding books and maybe a 4th.

- Mimi from San Francisco, 27 November 2009

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Hi! I'm brasilian and I1m 20 years old.

i'm reading "The girl who played with fire!" and I can't stop reading!! It's fantastic!

in Brazil, the first book, calls something like "the man who don't love women".. sorry for my english!

But I have to say... that trilogy is one of me predilects..

- Mylenna Souza Lirio, 27 November 2009

That is the original Swedish title! (Män som hatar kvinnor = Men Who Hate Women). It is also the Danish, and I believe, Norwegian and Spanish titles. The Tattoo-title was just made to spice up sales ... but I've kind of gotten used to it :-)

- Chris @ sallysfriends.net, 29 November 2009

...and called in Dutch: "Mannen die vrouwen haten" Fantastic book!

- Han, 1 December 2009

Charlette

- ... and in French: "Les hommes qui n'aimaient pas les femmes", literal translation of Men Who hate Women), 7 January 2010

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Just finished reading the girl who played with the fire, and I really like it can't wait to read the last book.

- Lilibeth f., 25 November 2009

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